PSYCHOTHERAPY

What is Psychotherapy? Psychotherapy can be considered an alternative healing therapy that involves learning to increase self awareness in order to realize maximum human potential, thereby helping us to live more authentically with improved relationships, professional and financial successes, balance and grace. Psychotherapy is a general term describing many specific types of therapy such as talk therapy, narrative therapy, psycho-social therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy and counseling. Psychotherapy treatments are commonly used for psychological problems on an individual basis, with couples, families and groups. Forms of communication used in psychotherapy healing can include writing, artwork, music and dramatic theater. A psychotherapy practitioner may be a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, occupational therapist, counselor, psychiatric nurse, licensed clinical social worker or psychiatrist.   What we refer to as psychotherapy medicine has been practiced as far back as ancient Greece.  It is thought that the first recorded use of psychotherapy was performed by Dr. Josef Breuer.  Dr. Breuer would go on to be a close friend, teacher and collaborator with Sigmund Freud.  Dr. Breuer observed a woman who suffered from paralysis felt better after she ‘talked’ to him about her symptoms.  It is thought Sigmund Freud employed this ‘talking cure’ form of treatment and later created what we refer to as ‘psychoanalysis’ in Vienna, Austria in 1881.  A trained neurologist, he began working with patients who were classified as hysterical.  He continued practicing psychoanalysis into the 1930’s.   His psychotherapy treatment work was later built on by Karl Jung, Anna Freud and Otto Frank among others.  In the 1940’s, pioneer Carl Rogers brought forth a humanistic approach which rose to prominence by the 1950’s.  Psychoanalysis, humanism and Ivan Pavlov’s work in behaviorism laid the cornerstones for teaching psychology in the United States today.   Psychotherapy is an alternative healing therapy that is a constantly growing. Today there are over 450,000 licensed psychotherapists in the United States.  General research shows that the average length of psychotherapy treatment is between 6 and 10 sessions.  It has been reported that Americans spend about $55 billion on psychotherapy annually.     All Things Healing promotes psychotherapy, an alternative healing therapy, with psychotherapy information presented in articles and video form.  For more and updated information, visit us online regularly!  

Introduction to Psychotherapy
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(Asst. Editor: Deborah Duenckel Allen, LCSW, DCSW) Nancy’s enduring interest and practice in psychotherapeutic healing arts stems from her own, very human life experiences of wou...
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Nancy Burnett, PhD
Tiffany has a doctorate in neurolinguistics. She is a certified dream analyst, and a certified hypnotherapist and registered member recognized by American Board of Hypnotherapy and P...
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Tiffany Ip, PhD

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by Sam Spurlin

Habit change has been written about to death and back. Anything you could ever want to know about how to change a habit can be quickly found by heading over to Zen Habits or spending about .3 seconds on Google. I’m not here to rehash that old topic again. However, I do want to talk about a specific type of habit that I’ve been working on recently...

 

Editor's Note by Debbie Allen: What are your defaults and how would you reset them? We are all human and have our fallback position and patterns. When they are made conscious, we can then choose to take a different path.

 

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Offered by Dr. Neala Peake,
ATH Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder

Henry Ford, the wealthy and successful business man said “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right”. Clearly, Henry Ford understood the power of our personal assumptions. When we assume we are worthy of a successful love relationship, our confidence shows. Our behavior can be friendlier, and more open which tends to draw people to us. On the other hand, when we are unsure of ourselves, insecurity can make us tense and more socially anxious. If we believe we are lovable it is easier to act in ways that allow people to love us: but if we believe the opposite we can as easily sabotage our chances at love. Where do these powerful, life changing and life determining beliefs come from? And even more important, can we change them, thereby changing the quality of our relationships?

 

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Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Leslie Morgan Steiner was in “crazy love” -- that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence. Steiner calls us all to action to help stop abuse for ourselves and others.

 

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by Dr. Jennifer Freed

There are as many psychotherapy modalities as there are designer jeans, and there is no clear informational guide to help consumers decide what brand, or method, they would like to use. Not all treatment modalities fit all clients or patients and therefore you want to make sure the person you select is a “good fit” for you and your current needs...

 

 

 

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by Sara Childre

Cross-posted from www.Care2.com

Communication is a skill and an art, something we must learn and work at to refine. Whether it’s a business, family or friendship interaction, communication is an important tool throughout our lives. We can employ it to improve ourselves, others and the world...

 

Editor's Note: In today's rushed and busy climate, sometimes people need to slow down and take time to center while communicating with each other. This article provides a simple method that is backed by research for helping people to bring heart energy into their communications with each other. I've used this method myself and have taught it to people I work with. It is an amazing way and simple way to help people listen fully and feel connected while in conversation.

 

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Editor's Note: Charlotte Reznick uses children's pictures of feelings to illustrate psychosomatic elements in children's lives and the way these symptoms can interfere with life and learning. She shows how you can use Core Imagination Tools such as the "balloon breath" and other visioning exercises to listen to the body's wisdom and infuse a sense of hope in children who are feeling anxious and unmotivated. By learning to go inside and access internal helpers, children can find ways to unlock internal pressures.

 

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Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Kathleen Taylor gets to the heart of authentic living through her experiences counseling the dying at hospice. She says, why wait? Why wait until the end of life to figure it all out--who you are and what your life's purpose is. Watch this captivating video to find out what she has learned from people facing their life's end.

 

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by Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW

In a youth oriented culture that inflates wrinkles with Botox and deflates our status as we age, directing interest towards the topic of aging is a hard sell. Yet, with baby boomers swelling the ranks, older adults (currently comprising about 15% of this country’s population) are the fastest growing demographic...

 

 

 

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by Laurie Watson, AASECT

We commit to someone because we want to feel safe emotionally and to hoard our lover sexually. We think sex will grow in frequency and quality. Yet within two years, 20 percent of all marriages end up sexless (less than 10 times a year) and an additional 15 percent become low-sex (less than 25 times a year)*. Skipping the wedding ceremony doesn't change this outcome. One in every three committed couples is barely having sex...

 

Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett:  Want to know why relationships can slowly become sexless or nearly so? And want to know how to fix that? Laurie's insightful article is just the ticket. And the effects will linger with regular application of her 7 suggestions for lasting change.

 

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by Carmen Schott, MSW, LCSW

I often have people ask me about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). I find that many individuals get this disorder confused with what is called Bipolar Disorder. The two names sound similar, but these two mental health disorders are very different. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a personality disorder and involves “a pervasive pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity beginning in early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts...”


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Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder are often confused. For more information please visit http://www.nmha.org.

 

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by Steven Handel

Our minds can be incredibly stubborn when they cling to old beliefs and perspectives.
This is because everyone’s beliefs are susceptible to a range of cognitive biases, or distorted patterns of thinking, which can hinder our learning and knowledge of how the world really works...

 

Editor´s Note: Cognitive Dissonance is an area of psychology that may help to explain why people sometimes ignore the advice they may actually need the most.

 

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Editor's Note: Mel Schwartz describes the normal process of anxiety that occurs when we are ready to make changes in our lives. He also points to the value of exploring our deeper feelings around the issues that cause symptoms.

 

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When You Hear Your Partner, Are You Listening?

by David McCann, Ph.D. & Janis McCann, Ph.D.

The art of listening is the heart of communication. We believe that if we do not come together and listen to one another, we cannot have a healthy culture. But if we do sit down and listen to one another, we can remake the world—one relationship at a time.

 

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